Kathleen Phelps specializes in issues relating to anxiety, depression, grief, self-esteem, compulsive overeating, binge eating and body image. She loves helping people work through issues that may be holding them back or keeping them stuck in an area of their life. She enjoys helping teens and adults navigate through their current life stressors.
Kathleen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 20 years of clinical experience as a therapist. She has worked in many different types of clinical outpatient settings, including 14 years at Kaiser Permanente and other San Diego area psychiatric facilities with diverse populations.
Kathleen believes in a well-rounded approach to health. She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Mindfulness practices are an important part of her work, as well. She understands that identifying thoughts as well as behaviors that are interfering with goals are an important part of therapy. She helps clients work towards their larger goals and believes therapists can be a guide towards that purpose, to demonstrate skills and techniques to work through life’s issues. Being able to learn to accept the current moment just as it is while trying to change oneself and work towards goals are not mutually exclusive.
Kathleen is the Lead Faculty Area Chair of the Psychology Program at University of Phoenix, as teaching others to be therapists is a passion of hers. Learning as well as teaching the newest skills and techniques in the field inspires Kathleen. She encourages everyone to be motivated to be their best selves.
Kathleen received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from University of California, San Diego and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from San Diego State University.